Early Childhood Education
WHAT WE DO
270 children from infancy to age five attend the Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education Center.
33 children from infancy to age three attend The Martin Foundation Campus at Lake Trafford Elementary school in collaboration with Collier County Public Schools.
50 children and parents will participate in SmartStart, a once-weekly program that empowers parents to facilitate and lead in-home learning, giving children the social and emotional skills they need to succeed in the classroom in the future.
5 star QRIS rating, multiple accreditations and a degreed and qualified team of teachers ensure the highest quality pre-school programming.
$32/week is the average tuition paid by families.
16,000 meals are provided monthly in addition to all school supplies.
90% or more of students completing the Guadalupe Center’s pre-kindergarten program are kindergarten ready per state standards.
100% have the social and emotional skills to succeed in elementary school. Both of these outcomes far surpass state and national averages for kindergarten preparedness.
WHY WE DO IT
41.6% of Immokalee’s population lives below the federal poverty level.
97% of students in Immokalee’s public schools qualify as economically needy.
82% of children in Immokalee enter kindergarten performing below grade level.
By age 4, children from low-income households hear as many as 30 million fewer words than higher-income peers. (Hart & Risley, Rice University)
At-risk children without access to high quality early childhood education are 60% less likely to attend college. (The Ounce of Prevention Fund)